Make your own Starbucks Caramel Apple Spice with this easy crockpot recipe. We also include the individual serving recipe as well!
Starbucks Apple Cider
I’m not a coffee drinker, so I don’t frequent Starbucks.
However, whenever I pass the Starbucks at Target on a cold day, there are two items I can hardly resist — the caramel apple spice and pumpkin bread.
While I wish I had the pumpkin bread recipe for you today, I do have a copycat version of the caramel apple cider…that tastes just like what you’d buy from Starbucks.
My friend introduced this to Starbucks caramel apple spice in high school, and I couldn’t get enough of it!
I’m not usually a big fan of apple cider, but there is just something so good about this. I made Forrest try it awhile back, and he loved it. At that point, I knew I had to come up with a recipe!
I’ve seen a lot of versions of this around the Internet, and it seems like most of them use a thick, caramel syrup.
Well, I wasn’t about to drop $13+ on it, so I decided to try something else…and it worked perfectly!
Instead, I purchased a bottle of Archer Farm’s Caramel Coffee Syrup. It’s a thinner liquid than the type of caramel syrup you would put on ice cream.
I’ve seen both of these for sale at different grocery stores for just a few dollars.
If you don’t want to buy anything, My Frugal Adventures has a homemade version of the cinnamon syrup!
I thought it would be a great idea to make this in the crockpot. It takes seconds to put in the crockpot, and it makes the whole room smell delicious.
You could easily take this to a party, or just have it on a cold, winter’s day! If you don’t want to make this in a crockpot, but a single serving, just divide the recipe by 5, layer the ingredients the same way, heat it up in the microwave, and top with caramel syrup!
For the topping, I do recommend using something like Hershey’s Caramel Syrup. Also, some of the cinnamon will likely come to the top of the crock-pot; this is okay! Just give it a good stir before serving.
Originally posted in 2013; Updated in 2019.
Crock Pot Apple Cider Recipe
- 64 ounce bottle apple juice
- 16 tablespoons caramel syrup**
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
- Whipped Cream
- Hershey's Caramel Topping
- Mix together caramel syrup and cinnamon with a whisk.
- Pour sauce in the bottom of a crock pot.
- Pour entire bottle of apple juice on top of the sauce.
- Cover with lid and cook on low for four hours, or high for two hours.
- Top with whipped cream and Hershey's caramel topping. Microwave topping to make it easier to drizzle.
Katie is a Colorado-native, BYU graduated, and most importantly, wife to one and mother to three beautiful boys. She is passionate about sharing her experiences with others – especially about pregnancy, breastfeeding, cooking, and crafts. She is currently training to be a Certified Lactation Educator. She loves spending time with her family and helping others find joy in family life.